Saudi Arabia receives its first CH-47F Chinook helicopters

At least the first four Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters have been recently delivered to Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia receives its first Chinook helicopters 01 A US CH-47F Chinook helicopter (Picture source: US Army)

The CH-47F has a suite of improved features such as an upgraded digital cockpit featuring the Common Avionics Architecture System, a new monolithic airframe with vibration reduction, and the Digital Automatic Flight Control System, which provides coupled controllability for operations in adverse environments (reduced visibility, brown out, high winds). The CH-47F’s common cockpit enables multiservice digital compatibility and interoperability for improved situational awareness, mission performance and survivability, as well as future growth potential. 

The CH-47F tactically transports forces and associated equipment and provides routine aerial sustainment of maneuver forces. Secondary missions the Chinook executes to support Soldiers and commanders include: medical evacuation, search and rescue, parachute drops, disaster relief and aircraft recovery.

The Royal Saudi Land Forces deploy a variety of US-built helicopters, including UH-60 Black Hawk medium-lift transport aircraft, AH-64 Apache gunships and the CH-47, among others.

A total of 48 CH-47F were ordered by Saudi Arabia.